The Columbus Crew go away from home Saturday night to play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park (9:00) in the second leg of the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup this season. The Crew won the first leg, 2-0, on April 1st, with goals from Andres Mendoza and Eddie Gaven. The Crew are 6-4-6 this year (24 points). Dallas is 9-4-4 (31 points).
The Crew defeated the reigning MLS Cup winning Colorado Rapids on Sunday, 4-1. However, they were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday by the third division Richmond Kickers, 2-1. Richmond is the only non-MLS left in the competition.
Dallas recently defeated the Portland Timbers, 4-0, on Saturday night. They also played a third division team in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, the Orlando City Blues. Dallas won 3-2 off a stoppage time goal by Milton Rodriguez.
Prediction: Columbus 1-0 Dallas
Andres Mendoza continues his hot streak, scoring his 8th goal, tying the league lead. The defense gets it second shutout in Texas in two weeks.
Columbus Crew – OUT: DF Josh Williams; DF Shaun Francis; MF Dilly Duka; FW Emilio Renteria; MF Leandre Griffit; QUESTIONABLE: GK William Hesmer; PROBABLE: DF Julius James; MF Danny O’Rourke
FC Dallas – OUT: DF Edson Edward; MF David Ferreira; FW Maykel Galindo; PROBABLE: DF Zach Loyd
Danny O’Rourke won’t make the trip with the team to Dallas and Vancouver on Wednesday. He is still on the disabled list. EDIT: O’Rourke has been activated and he did make the trip to Dallas. He is eligible to play tonight.
Rookie Andy Adlard, Indiana University, was waived this week. Adlard appeared in four reserve games this year.
Andres Mendoza and Rich Balchan were awarded Team of the Week honors last week for their performances against Colorado. Mendoza scored two goals in the 4-1 victory. Forward Tommy Heinemann received an honorable mention for recording his first ever MLS goal against the Rapids.